The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson

Published June 3, 2010

The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson

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I saw the film before I read the book, and took heed of those who said the book was nothing like the movie version. Whilst this is true, it also is very similar.

I feel as though when someone decided to make this into a film they realised that there were way too many characters in the book, and narrowed them down to make it easier to watch. There’s no story in the book, it is simply a navigation through research by Jon.

So, to the content itself. I love the stuff about goats and the walking through walls, and the general conspiracy theories that are presented throughout. It’s difficult to read some of the items about torture, and particularly the thoughts on why some of the pictures and things have come out.

The book seems to veer from ridiculous to really seriously very quickly, and it’s sometimes hard to work out what you’re meant to be feeling about what you’re reading. There are hard-hitting paragraphs, and some that make you feel guilty as a human being. But then there are the moments that are almost laugh out loud and that puts you at ease enough to continue reading. It wasn’t easy to get through, but the writing was good and the content was strong. I might have to watch the film again. Any excuse.

Rating: Unrated

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